Yesterday I posted photos of female/immature Ruby-throated Hummingbirds with the promise of following with a post of how it's done. Photographing a hummer at a flower brings with it the problem of how to get the birds coming to the one flower where you are set up. Trying to chase these little speedsters around while they go from flower to flower would be a futile effort.
The setup began with a red Canna Lily placed in a mason jar set in a well lighted location. Hummers are attracted more so to red than to any other color.
Spritzing the flowers with sugar water added to the photographic appeal of the flowers and made the flowers irresistible to the tiny birds. Occasional spritzing throughout the shoot kept the flowers fresh and inviting.
After giving the hummers a couple of hours to find my single flower it was time to set up and begin shooting. Using the Canon 60D and 100-400mm lens at nearly minimum focus distance gave an acceptable image size. All photos were shot at ISO 500 and F5.6 in order to achieve a shutter speed of between 1/1500 to 1/3000. Even at 1/3000 the shutter was not fast enough to completely stop the rapid wing beats.
Below are more shots of these incredibly agile little birds. Enjoy!